No home is complete without a functional kitchen. It is the innermost part of our houses. Today’s kitchens are becoming more than cooking areas. The living rooms, dining areas and kitchen have been merged into one large space. The kitchen has been turned into a station. They have become our new office spaces. Parents receive friends in the kitchen. Family conversations have been moved to the kitchen. It is evolving into a multi-purpose space. So the expanse of your kitchen is important. Your kitchen design should also reflect this shift.
Consider these design secrets to get a functional yet beautiful kitchen space.
Light up every spot in the kitchen
Planning to do kitchen renovation† How about lighting up every spot in the kitchen. Kitchen lighting and functionality go hand in hand. Your kitchen wears a lot of hats. One minute it’s an entertainment center, the next it’s buzzing with meal preparation. So you need to find a balance between functionality, mood and atmosphere when choosing lighting options. Different lighting levels turn a communal kitchen into a beautiful space. You need support lighting. They are useful when cutting vegetables, cooking or sorting supplies. You need to install support lighting 30 inch over the stove, counter or sink. Install LED lighting to make your lighting functional and efficient. Don’t forget about aesthetics. A statement piece above the peninsula or island will do. Set trends aside and let your personality and taste shine through a statement light piece.
Optimize work and traffic flow
It’s all in the kitchen setup† The layout determines whether your kitchen is functional or annoying. If you are planning a kitchen remodel, think about how you can take advantage of the space available. You need to think of ways to reduce traffic. You need to sync the main tasks and avoid banging devices on the island or kitchen table. Is lack of space a problem? A single wall layout gives you more functionality. If you have more space to spare, install facing countertops in your kitchen. Choose a galley schedule that keeps your kitchen uncluttered. Turn any available space, including floor units, into storage solutions. Natural light is also key to creating a spacious looking galley kitchen. A mix of white and gray or gray and taupe makes a galley kitchen stylish. An L-shaped kitchen or a G-shaped kitchen gives you more than one workplace. You also limit traffic in your kitchen. A U-shaped layout ensures excellent work and flow if you have a lot of space to spare. Add an island to increase functionality.
Swap the dining table for an island
Has your dining table turned into a mail or key storage instead of a dining space? If that is the case, throw away your dining table and get an island for your kitchen. You can have both if you have enough space. But an island is the best option because it offers more functionality than a dining table. A kitchen island also serves as a storage and dining area. It is also an aesthetic piece for your kitchen. It also makes it easier to entertain your guests while you prepare your meals.
Storage options everywhere
Be creative when designing storage solutions. You should have an idea of your storage needs early on when planning and budgeting for a kitchen remodel. Add as many storage solutions as possible to maximize space and functionality. They can be pull-out storage, ceiling-high cabinets, storage or couch storage.
Switch to energy-efficient appliances
A set of essential energy efficient appliances increases the functionality of your kitchen. In addition, existing devices can enhance your new layout and aesthetics. Your kitchen appliances should complement your new design, color palette and available space. If you can afford to buy built-in appliances, the better. Choose built-in wine fridges, double ovens or a hob.
Functionality should be your top priority when renovating or redesigning the kitchen. Aesthetics create an inviting environment. But functionality determines whether you love your kitchen or not. Maximize your kitchen’s layout, storage, appliances and lighting. Keep your most-used kitchen supplies within easy reach. Consider involving a professional in the process to get the most out of your kitchen.